I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
A lot of people feel tired during the day. They might have grueling jobs that take a physical toll. Others must perform mental gymnastics every day at work. A mental workout can be just as energy zapping as demanding physical activity. The result in either case can be drowsiness and exhaustion. Sometimes we get tired for what seems like no reason at all. It can be frustrating. In reality, there’s always a reason we don’t have the energy we need. Sometimes feeling tired during the day has linked to a problem with our sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC reports this is a common issue. One in three adults in the U.S. has reported not getting enough sleep regularly. It’s estimated that as many as seventy million Americans suffer from some type of chronic sleep disorder. But there’s a difference between sleep deficiency and sleep deprivation.
Sleep deprivation is more common. True to its name. Sleep deprivation simply means you’re deprived of sleep. This could be because you enjoyed a late night out with your friends. You got up early for work the next day and just didn’t get the rest you needed. There are medical reasons for not sleeping soundly. In many cases, beating sleep deprivation means nothing more than changing personal habits. Develop a sleep routine. Go to bed and rise from bed at the same times each night and every morning. Stay hydrated during the day. Enjoy a healthy diet exercise regularly. These are a few ways to get your sleep back on track if you suffer from occasional sleep deprivation.
Sleep deficiency is a bigger issue most of the time. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute reports that sleep deficiency is a much larger concept than simple sleep deprivation. If you’re just not getting enough sleep regularly, you’re depriving yourself of sleep. This is a symptom of sleep deficiency, which also has other factors at play. If you suffer from sleep deficiency when you do sleep, it’s a low-quality rest. You may not get deep sleep and REM sleep cycles, or you may be trying to sleep on a schedule that’s out of sync with your body’s natural alarm clock. You could be suffering from a significant sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea. Sleep deficiency can be caused by restless leg syndrome or narcolepsy.
The difference between a sleep deficiency and deprivation is that a deficiency usually means there’s a more problematic issue present.
Correcting your sleep problems: What to do next
If you think you may have a sleep problem caused by a serious health issue, talk with your doctor, you might find that you just need to make simple lifestyle changes to enjoy a better sleep. You may also discover a more significant issue that needs to be treated. Either way you can get your sleep back on track and enjoy better overall health and wellness.
Have you noticed that you are more impatient these days? Lack of sleep could be the cause. Check out our blog post here for other reasons you may be impatient.
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